(Unless otherwise noted, all Playhouse performances are held in the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.)
[Romantic Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Sept. 13-14, 20-21, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Sept. 15
By John Cariani
You’ll fall in love with this hilarious play about the quirkiness of love. It’s a cold winter night in Almost, Maine, a town so far north it’s almost in Canada and one that doesn’t actually exist because the residents never organized it. Under shimmering northern lights, the play is a series of nine vignettes about townspeople falling in and out of love. Expect some surprise endings as hearts are captured, broken and mended. This is a comedy for anyone who has ever been in love—or almost.
A Catered Affair
[Musical, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Oct. 18-19, 25-26, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Oct. 20
Book and lyrics by Harvey Fierstein, Music by John Bucchino
A grieving mom wants to throw an elaborate wedding for her young daughter in this heartfelt, intimate musical from Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein that was nominated for a Tony and Drama Desk award. Based on the classic 1956 film of the same name, the play follows young lovers Jane and Ralph, who plan to wed in a no-fuss civil ceremony until Jane’s parents receive an unexpected check and her mother’s wedding scheme begins. This sentimental comedy is more than ceremonial; it’s a compelling tale about family relationships and the ties that bind.
[Comedy, PG-13 for Adult Situations]
7:30 p.m., Dec. 6-7, 11-12, 2013; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Dec. 8
By Daniel J. Sullivan
Get your fill of holiday cheer with this hilarious behind-the-scenes look at a community theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol gone awry! When a third-tier theatre learns its funding is about to be cut, the wacky cast of the company’s annual production of A Christmas Carol will do anything to prove they’re still worth it. Some eccentric characters in this holiday farce include a not-so-Tiny Tim, a Scrooge dreaming of performing en Español, and an ill-fated wannabe actor pulled into the center of this laugh-out-loud spoof on a Christmas favorite.
7:30 p.m., Feb. 14-15, 21-22, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, Feb. 16
By Anton Chekhov
When a successful professor and his charming young bride visit his country estate, relationships are tested in this classic play written by Anton Chekhov, the father of modern drama. Hidden love triangles, fears that lives have been wasted and the professor’s ultimate decision to sell the estate create havoc that tests morals and loyalties. Take a look at the actions and consequences of daily life in this timeless tale that ends with a dramatic climax.
A Shayna Maidel
[Historical Drama, PG]
7:30 p.m., March 14-15, 19-20, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, March 16 (Performed in the Warehouse Theatre)
By Barbara Lebow
Two sisters who, as girls, were separated by war reunite as women living very different lives in this poignant story about expression and hope. The younger sister is a modern New Yorker whose make-up and fashionable attire contrast sharply with her older sister’s homely appearance. She must come to grips with the horrors her older sister survived during the Holocaust, which claimed many of the family’s relatives. A Shayna Maidel, which means “a pretty girl,” explores inner beauty, resilience and reconciliation.
RESPECT: A Musical Journey of Women
7:30 p.m., May 2-3, 7-9, 2014; 2 p.m. Sunday matinee, May 4
Book, Music and Lyrics by Philip Roger Roy, Dana Matthow and Bud Martin
This internationally successful musical tells the story of women through adored Top-40 hits of the last century. RESPECT includes favorites like “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “I Will Survive,” “Hero” and “What’s Love Got to With It.” This exhilarating musical experience encourages women to look for heroes within themselves, and is for women (and men!) of all ages!